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 A fishing vessel company that operated in and around American Samoa was convicted and sentenced today for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil and garbage, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Environment and Natural Resources...
	Dr. Thomas Petznick collects a specimen sample from a sow at one of the local pig farms during the ASCC-ACNR Swine Disease Survey in early August. [photo: D. Helsham]
The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division (ACNR) of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) conducted a swine disease survey in the territory in early August. The project involved training ASCC agriculture students and local pig farmers in methods of conducting a swine health...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale [SN file photo]
The inclusion of lawmakers in a Senate bill requiring all ASG employees, including elected officials, to undergo drug testing prompted questions from Sen. Magalei Logovii who wanted a clear explanation on why senators and faipule are required to take such a test. “Senators were selected by...
Rep. Ve’evalu Meauta Mageo appears to take issue with the ASG Revenue Task Force's continued claims that proposed changes to current tax laws, as well as the repeal of some current tax laws, will give something back to the people. During the task force presentation to Fono leaders and some...
The Lolo Administration’s proposed hike in port fees and other charges will be passed on to the consumer, and such increases will further discourage outside investment, according to GHC Reid & Company’s Aug. 18th letter to several lawmakers, which outlines the positive and negative impacts of...
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Beaver T. Ho Ching, the private sector member of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has tendered his letter of resignation and his replacement has been submitted to the Fono. In an Aug. 24th letter, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga informed Fono leaders that Ho Ching...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s proposed fiscal year 2018 Supplemental Budget totals more than $11 million and includes some $6 million in personnel cost. According to the governor, disapproval of the supplemental means affected agencies will be required to implement “reduction” in workforce. Summary...
Miss American Samoa Incorporated (MASI) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and all former Miss American Samoa titleholders will be honored during a slideshow at next month's pageant. The names of the six contestants who will be vying for the title this year have been announced.  	 Last month, MASI, along with the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, provided the fue, tanoa, and ula (pictured) for the 2017 Northwest Tatau Festival, held in Washington state.  [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
Six local beauties will take center stage next month to compete for the coveted Miss American Samoa 2017-18 title. This year's pageant coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Miss American Samoa Incorporated (MASI), an organization that was founded to assist in the coordination of local pageants...
Volunteer teachers from the US-based World Teach organization posing for Samoa News after yesterday’s annual DOE General Assembly at the THS Warriors gymnasium.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
ANNUAL DOE GENERAL ASSEMBLY The local Department of Education officially kicked off the school year 2017- 18 with its annual general assembly, held at the Tafuna High School gymnasium yesterday morning. Hundreds of DOE employees, including bus drivers, teachers, employees of the School Lunch...
President of the local Filipino community Reynaldo Sello, together with members of the Philippine Consulate General who are visiting the territory from Honolulu, HI.  They are: Deputy Consul General Roberto Bernardo; Querubin Cacho who oversees the finances; and Jeffrey De Mesa, the Protocol and Community Relations officers. [photo: Bea Galzote]
The new officers for the Filipino Community of American Samoa (FCAS), in an effort to improve the unity and structure of their countrymen’s lives in the territory, were able to collaborate with the Philippine Consulate organization from Hawai’i, which resulted in a delegation from Hawai’i arriving...

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